Udall joins McCain call for nuclear power

Aug. 25, 2009 at 5:29 PM
| License Photo

ESTES PARK, Colo., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Senators John McCain and Mark Udall agreed on the need for increased use of nuclear power during a hearing on climate change in Colorado.

The Arizona Republican and Colorado Democrat also visited Rocky Mountain National Park, where they viewed trees killed by the pine bark beetle, The Denver Post reported Tuesday. The senators are on a bi-partisan tour of the west that included a two-day weekend visit to the Grand Canyon.

At Monday's hearing, Alice Madden, an expert on climate working for Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, said pine bark beetles are spreading because of warmer temperatures. She said beetles have already killed 2.5 million acres of lodge pole, Ponderosa and limber pines.

McCain is a longtime supporter of nuclear power. Udall said he now agrees with him.

"It is clear that if we want to respond to climate change, nuclear power has to be part of the solution," Udall said.

McCain urged the Obama administration to make climate change its next priority after health care.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Mark Udall
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Germanwings pilot Lubitz buried quietly amid investigation
Russia investigates legality of 1991 recognition of Baltic independence
South Korea fires warning shots at boat from North
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
Judge orders man who shot down neighbor's drone to pay $850